U.N. Committee: Philippines Must Allow Legal Abortion, Improve Access to Contraceptives

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10.14.16 - (PRESS RELEASE) The Philippine government should take measures to legalize abortion in certain circumstances and provide sexual and reproductive health information and services, according to the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR Committee).

In its recommendations, the ESCR Committee called on the government to take all measures necessary to reduce the incidence of unsafe abortion and maternal mortality, including amending the current abortion law and improving access to both contraceptives and emergency contraceptives. The ESCR Committee also recommended that the state “expand and strengthen comprehensive, age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health education” as recommended by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women as a result of a special inquiry in 2012.

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Source: Center for Reproductive Rights